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featured by GoSee EVENT : ‘PSYTOPIA’ – with photos by W.VV.VV, among the winners of UP23, as a reminder of the MUSEC UNPUBLISHED PHOTO OPEN CALL 2024 for young photographers ages 18 to 30

The UNPUBLISHED PHOTO 2024 contest – Young photographers born between 1994 and 2006 still have the chance to submit their portfolios through 15 April. The contest is promoted by the Fondazione culture e musei and MUSEC Lugano. It is organized in collaboration with the gallery 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS in Milan, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Venice, and is in partnership with the Fondazione Ada Ceschin e Rosanna Pilone in Zurich.

Unpublished Photo is a contest that embraces and seeks to attract new, young & emerging contemporary photographers between the ages of 18 and 30. Its aim is to promote and enhance the photographic art form through an initiative that seeks to support creativity without limits. For this reason, the contest does not specify a thematic guideline and welcomes works made using any photographic technique. Now in its fifth edition, the UP24 contest continues to attract a growing number of young artists from all over the world each year.

The initiative was first launched by the Milanese gallery 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS and then taken forward by MUSEC in Lugano in 2020 with the aim of strengthening cross-border collaboration and supporting the promotion of young artists and their work.

The winning works will be on display in an exhibition, held from 31 October 2024 to 2 March 2025, at MUSEC in Lugano – to attract collectors and photography enthusiasts while giving the public a chance to discover new trends and expressive voices in the international contemporary scene. A series of collateral events dedicated to photography enthusiasts will be organized to complement the exhibition. At the end of the exhibition in Lugano, the exhibited works will become part of the MUSEC collections, thus enriching a photographic heritage that today counts over 40,000 works from the mid-19th century to the present day.

Eligible to participate are photographers born between 1994 and 2006. Participants must submit an unpublished photographic portfolio, consisting of 10 images, from 12 February through 15 April 2024 (12am local time). There are no fees, the topic can be chosen freely, but projects must be stylistically and thematically coherent. Together with their portfolios, participants are required to submit a description and a biography outlining their relationship with photography. An online entry form is available here : fcmusei.ch/contest.

The UP24 contest will award the first place winner a cash prize of 3500 Swiss francs, and second to fourth place will receive 500 Swiss francs each. As a further award, all photographs submitted to the contest by the four winners will be featured in a catalogue published by the FCM. The costs of these activities aimed at adding value amount to 50,000 Swiss francs and are covered completely by the FCM.
09.04.2024 show complete article


featured by GoSee SHOP : The ‘Tear Couture Look Book’ featuring acid attack survivor Patricia Lefranc – photographed by Rankin for MCCANN HEALTH LONDON and the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTi) for you on GoSee.News

Renowned British fashion photographer Rankin cooperated with the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTi) on a brand new campaign aimed at the prevention of acid attacks. For this purpose, he has created a lookbook – a photo catalogue typically used by the fashion industry as a guide with latest styles and fabrics – together with acid attack survivor Patricia Lefranc as his model.

The ‘Tear Couture Look Book’ aims to highlight the devastating effects of acid attacks and, in particular, the specific connection to the fashion, textile, retail and manufacturing industries. It raises awareness of the issues associated with acid attacks in a format that is familiar to the aforementiond industries. With a foreword by the charity’s patron, HRH Anne, the Princess Royal, the lookbook tells Patricia Lefranc’s personal story through moving and hard-hitting messages, illustrated by portraits of Patricia by Rankin.

Research suggests a correlation between legitimate business uses of acid and the incidence of acid attacks in parts of the global south. This was especially noticeable in areas with industries such as fashion and textile that require sulphuric acid in large quantities. With this campaign, ASTi aims to engage industry partners to strengthen processes for a more responsible supply chain.

Rankin : “I have a special affinity with the fashion industry, and I’ve been delighted to see the changes that have taken place within the industry in recent years to make it more sustainable and responsible. When ASTi explained to me the issue of acid misuse within supply chains, I knew I had to take action.”

Patricia Lefranc : “Many people are unaware of the enormous pain and suffering that acid attack survivors go through. I’m so grateful to Rankin for this opportunity to raise awareness of our situation, and to take steps together to prevent further attacks.”

Jaf Shah, Executive Director of ASTi : “Industry has a key role to play in stopping incidences of acid attacks. We’re so grateful to the Virtue Foundation with HRH Princess Anne for writing the foreword to the lookbook and, of course, to Patricia and Rankin. With their support, we aim to partner with businesses and make the changes needed to achieve this goal together.”

Phil Patterson, Chair of the ZDHC MRSL Council and Wastewater Council : “Corrosive substances are routinely used for dyeing, printing and finishing in the fashion industry. There is a significant opportunity to improve how they are transported, stored, dispensed and handled within factories to both reduce the risk of injury to workers and to reduce access to substances that could be used in premeditated acid attacks.”

About Tear Couture – The ‘Tear Couture Look Book’ has been created with McCann Health London, an IPG Health company. It is a continuation of the agency’s ‘Tear Couture’ campaign which launched an ASTi report at St. James’s Palace in March, 2022, in the presence of HRH Princess Anne. In partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Trustlaw and international law firm Covington, the ASTi report on supply chain considerations for dangerous corrosives, such as acids, contains a toolkit with five key recommendations for corporations.

Maurice Mikkers’ photography of microscopic tears – which also features in the lookbook – was turned into an immersive VR experience, in which the user journeys through a 3D tear landscape while listening to survivors’ testimonies and a specially composed track by Nitin Sawhney. Acid Survivor’s Trust International – ASTi.

ASTi is a UK-registered non-profit charity and the only international organization whose sole purpose is to end acid violence at a global level. It has partnered with and received grants from the United Nations, the British Government and numerous foundations on delivering medical, legal, awareness-raising, advocacy, rehabilitation and livelihood projects in multiple countries including India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Cambodia.

ASTi was awarded an Impact Award in 2019 by the Thomson Reuters Foundation for its work on changing UK law. Supporting Stats  The total cost of reported acid attacks to UK society over the past five years exceeds £200 million. However, the actual figure of attacks (and therefore associated costs) is higher than that as not all police forces respond to FOI requests.

ASTi estimates that the number of global attacks exceeds 10,000 each year. But this is a very conservative estimate as governments in many countries do not maintain official records of acid attacks.

A report on acid violence by the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, Cornell Law School and the Virtue Foundation states: “Evidence suggests a correlation between legitimate business uses of acid and the incidence of acid attacks. In Bangladesh, for example, the incidence of acid violence is highest in districts where the acid-using garment and jewelry industries are prevalent.”

“Similarly, in Pakistan, acid attacks occur at high rates along the ‘Cotton Belt’ of Pakistan, i.e., in South Punjab and Upper Sindh (central area), where the cotton and garment industries are concentrated and acid is used in production. Indeed, acid attackers perpetrated 77% of all reported attacks in Pakistan’s ‘core’ cotton zone areas of the Punjab region.” From a report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: ‘A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future’ (2017).

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31.01.2024 show complete article


featured by GoSee ART : ‘THE LEGEND - TUPAC’ – the new XL coffee table book photographed by Michel Haddi

This month (the month that 2Pac sadly left this world in 1996), Michel Haddi is launching a 40-page, oversized glossy book dedicated to the late legendary rapper and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur, AKA 2Pac – who is widely considered to be one of the most influential rappers of all time and is definitely among the best-selling music artists.

2023 is also a year which celebrates 50 years of hip hop and rap music. The launch of this limited edition (500 worldwide) numbered book features quotes from Tupac who, in 1993, was lensed by Michel Haddi for a series of captivating images – now compiled for the first time in ‘The Legend – Tupac’. It pays ultimate tribute to 2Pac in a portfolio of monochromatic shots in a 45x30cm, 40-page, signed and numbered edition.

“l am happy to present this gem of a book : ‘The Legend – Tupac’ with many of its images featured previously unseen to this day,” says Michel Haddi. “The sad thing is, in my lab in New York City, all of my archives were stolen. So what remains here is a collection of very unique images to share and enjoy of this timeless icon known as 2Pac. The Legend is hot, will go fast and be remembered.” Michel Haddi.

During a magazine shoot, Tupac was there and super cool as ever,” says Michel Haddi. “He was with John Singleton because they had just made the 1993 classic film ‘Poetic Justice’. Still slightly hallucinating from the road accident I experienced earlier that day, I suddenly look at 2Pac and I see an image of Martin Luther King. I say to Tupac that I would like to shoot him dressed in a suit, like a real gent, and he obliged, in the most courteous of manners. So here we are, a new rendition of Martin.”

“This 45x30cm full-bleed book contains 40 pages of magnificent images produced in black & white and four-color throughout. It has a front cover of 350-gram GalerieArt Gloss laminated paper, and 300-gram GalerieArt gloss paper for the text pages inside.

“We spared no costs because only the best would do for ‘The Legend’. Each copy is hand-signed, shrink-wrapped, and numbered from 1–500. The book was beautifully designed by Creative Director, Roberto Da Pozzo.” Michel Haddi.

A photographer and film director,
Haddi is currently based in London where he also manages a publishing house, MHS publishing, which publishes his own books among others.

THE LEGEND – TUPAC’ . Price: £100,00
 ISBN: 978-0-9930347-7-0 .  mhspublishing.com/publications/the-legend-tupac
18.09.2023 show complete article